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The Poetaster

Dramatis Personae and Prologue
AUGUSTUS CAESAR.
MACAENUES.
MARC. OVID.
COR. GALLUS.
SEX. PROPERTIUS.
FUS. ARISTIUS.
PUB. OVID.
VIRGIL.
Horace.
TREBATIUS.
ASINIUS LUPUS.
PANTILIUS TUCCA.
LUSCUS.
RUF. LAB. CRISPINUS.
HERMOGENES TIGELLIUS.
DEMETRIUS FANNIUS.
ALBIUS.
MINOS.
HISTRIO.
AESOP.
PYRGI.
Lictors, Equitis, etc.
JULIA.
CYTHERIS.
PLAUTIA.
CHLOE.
Maids.
SCENE,-Rome
After the second sounding.
ENVY arises in the midst of the stage.
Light, I salute thee, but with wounded nerves,
Wishing the golden splendor pitchy darkness.
What's here? THE ARRAIGNMENT! ay; this, this is it,
That our sunk eyes have waked for all this while:
Here will be subject for my snakes and me.
Cling to my neck and wrists, my loving worms,
And cast you round in soft and amorous folds,
Till I do bid uncurl; then, break your knots,
Shoot out yourselves at length, as your forced stings
 
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